Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Twelve Days of Anime: Inspiration

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On the third day of Xmas, anime gave to me, a whole lot of inspiration! Welcome to the third day of Xmas, continuing the special event "The Twelve Days of Anime." If this is the first post you're seeing, please take the time to read the introduction, so you know what's going on.

With that being said, the theme for today is inspiration! Although sometimes looked down upon, pure inspiration is one of the most fundamental factors in success. Without inspiration, Shooting Star Dreamer wouldn't be here. Without inspiration, our world wouldn't be as vast and creative as it is today. Most importantly, without inspiration, there wouldn't be anime.

Inspiration is the driving factor behind a large amount of successful projects. So the fact that we can pick this up from anime is truly amazing. Who would expect that a simple 2D medium would be able to invoke a plethora of feelings in it's viewers?

There's numerous types of anime and numerous ways to invoke this feeling. For one, characters who fill the majestic worlds are able to serve as role-models for us. Even more-so, there are many female characters who are quite amazing to see in action; they aren't wimpy, they aren't weak, and they aren't afraid to take a stand. I believe that anime has a large amount of these characters, while still avoiding
masculine stereotypes.

In fact, I've touched upon this in another post of mine, by the name of Three Inspirational Females in Anime, where I looked at a few good examples of this case. The characters in this post get things done and are successful in their fields of choice, without becoming hardened, manly, or muscular.

Aside from the characters, the compelling story  or concepts can lead to inspired fans. For instance, in yesterday's post I touched on some of the inventions that were created by a few passionate fans. Without inspiration there would be little to no possibility of them accomplishing such feats. One could even say that anime is inspiration in visual form.

With those thoughts in mind, I'd like to direct this post towards my readers as well. What inspires you in regards to anime? If you work with any medium or creative outlet, how has anime contributed to your work?

Please leave a comment below and stay-tuned to the next post that will focus more-so on the fan base. As always, thank you for reading!

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